The Prada Academy, Valdarno, Tuscany

A training hub whose mission is to pass on the Company’s knowledge and expertise

Prada Group has always combined creativity and innovation with precision and method. This combination of factors is one of the Company’s core strengths and a continuous source of inspiration. This is a key element of the Company culture, that the Group wants to share with its employees and pass on to future talents and professionals.

Prada Academy was founded to become a high-quality training hub, focusing on the management and tecnical skills established on the experience and knowledge acquired in a century of industrial and business activity in Italy and abroad.

The aim is to train professionals by sharing the legacy of knowledge and expertise developed in the various Company units and, at the same time, provide the Company’s own structures with the necessary tools to compete in an increasingly complex and dynamic scenario.

As for the attention to the development and training of its employees, over the past two years, Prada Academy has focused on developing retail training programs in order to reinforce store management techniques and help guide and serve our international clientele. Moreover, in light of the Group’s constant expansion, it has offered its Corporate employees a wide range of tools to better handle the complexity of their working environment, in terms of human interaction, managerial skills and problem solving. These efforts help the Prada culture evolve and grow stronger, as employees identify, engage, and develop a true passion for the brands.

The same values underlie the creation of specific educational programs for young people who will join the Company in coming years, both through specific programs for the induction of new hires in the Corporate division, and through programs for students and young graduates which will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of craftsmanship accompanied with experts and in close contact with the manufacturing heart of the Group.

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With its activities the Prada Academy is designed to guarantee an exchange of expertise in the luxury manufacturing sector and to represent a permanent and specific benchmark for the development of know-how about clothing, footwear and leather goods, as a further evidence that know-how has regained a crucial role in the educational scenario and is increasing in value and social appeal.

The buildings of the former pasta factory

The Prada Group will intervene applying the typical standards for the restoration of historic structures, although the building is not listed as a landmark and therefore not subject to any conservation area restrictions.

The restoration work will also involve the improvement of the buildings’ seismic resistance, in compliance with the plan developed by the company for all its production plants. As already done for the static consolidation and seismic improvement of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, this project will privilege drywall solutions based on the use of steel and wood, to guarantee their reversibility.
The setting up of the restoration equipment will guarantee the minimum invasiveness, as already done in the case of Ca’ Corner della Regina in Venice.
The stonework, plaster and metal structures will be restored with particular care.
The large exterior courtyard will become one of the Prada landscape-gardens.

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